There, that’s my prediction. The next iPad or iPad killer will be significantly lighter. You can read about Rupert Murdoch’s prediction and other tablet devices that are coming on the Guardian Tech website.
But as for the rest of life’s little mysteries it’s a bit more difficult to predict. Part of the smartphone and mobile device charm is it’s simplicity. If you use only 1% of Microsoft Word’s functionality do you really need to replicate the whole thing on a mobile device? If things are simpler they are easier to use. And that opens it up to more people.
I guess it comes down to whether you are a serious reader or a serious writer. What we are seeing is an increase in those who type and work at their desktop, say in the office, but read and plan work away from it. It could be on the commute or just out on the road and out of office. We are also working and we have disposable incomes so we can afford to buy a device with a very small keyboard or quel horreur, no keyboard at all. If you don’t use a keyboard why carry it round with you?
I think what is much more interesting and what is much harder to predict is what will happen in our classrooms and lecture theatres? All I know, or think I know, is that we might be carrying more devices around rather than less. But they WILL be lighter.